With 6 of Montana’s 30 craft microbreweries located in Bozeman, it’s worth swinging by one or two on the cruise back from Bridger Bowl. Note that most breweries close at 8, and several alehouses sling pizzas as well as brews. Families are generally welcome.
101 E. Oak Street
Bail off Bridger Canyon Drive onto Oak to hit 406, the closest brewery to the slopes. The experimental brewery’s brazen brews pair well with their calzones, sandwiches and beer-splashed specialties like beer cheese soup or a stout-infused cookie. It’s an artsy place, where winter weeknights sometimes feature an open mike, live jazz or local acoustic band and the walls are loaded with local art and photography.
To shake off any shredding-induced yawns, try the Little Red Wagon Coffee Ale, made with locally-roasted Ethiopian Yirgacheffe.
Bozeman Brewing Company
504 N. Broadway Avenue
Just a smidge further from Bridger, on the North Side of downtown, longstanding Bozeman Brewing Company (known locally as the Bozone) keeps it unfussy and traditional, with a comfy tasting room, free popcorn and signature beers synonymous with Bozeman itself: The Hopzone IPA and Plum St. Porter.
Shake off the chill on certain Sundays, where $.50 from every pint goes toward a local cause.
Bridger Brewing Company
1609 S 11th Avenue
Can there be a better après-ski combo than pizza and beer? Located on Montana State University’s campus, Bridger Brewing Company takes its pizzas as seriously as its brews, crafting bison-pepperoni, Andouille sausage and Italian sausage in-house with meat from Big Timber. Alongside 10 beers on tap, the BBC slings house-made root beer for younger (or non-imbibing) patrons. Aim for a Monday between 5pm and 8pm, when Pints with Purpose means a dollar from every pint gets donated to a local non-profit.
2876 North 27th Avenue
If you’re staying on the West Side, point your après-ski party toward Outlaw Brewing’s newest location, near Costco and Target. On “Tough Guy (or Girl) Tuesdays,” thank Ullr you wore out your quads instead of your biceps, as the brewery knocks 25 cents off your first round for every pull-up you nail. If you aren’t feeling so muscley, but still crave that slightly smug feeling, stop by on Monday nights when 10% of beer sales go to charity.
White Dog Brewing Co.
121 W. Main Street
With White Dog’s opening, you can kick off your brewery tour smack downtown. And if you’re picky about an ice-cold beer after an ice-cold day, look no further than the brewhouse’s “Frost rail,” a built-in countertop ice coaster that keeps beers perfectly chilled.
Preservationists and upcyclers, behold White Dog’s hat tip to Bozeman’s brewery of yore (circa 1895) with the reclaimed Lehrkind Brewery bricks installed in the countertop.
510 Manley Road
If you’d like to stare dreamily at the mountains you just skied (especially at alpenglow hour), scoot over to MAP Brewing, Bozeman’s first ground-up brewery in over a century. The pretty, large “map room” overlooks the whole Bridger range. It’s not the skiable side, but it’s enough snowcapped mountain majesty to inspire your next outing.
After Bridger Bowl kicks your rump, plop it onto one of Bozeman’s breweries’ barstools. There’s no better place than a brewhouse to share shredding tales, no matter which of the six you pick.